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Benjamin Esswein

Associate Professor of History

DeMoss Hall, Room 4334D
(434) 592-4039


  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., Lipscomb University


Benjamin Esswein’s field of study is Early Modern Europe and the Reformation. He deals directly with Central and Eastern Europe, the Austro-Ottoman Borderlands in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. The building of confessional churches in the region and the give and take of power between Protestants and Catholics as they fought against the Ottoman Turks has been the focus of his dissertation and continual studies. Confessionally diverse regions in the Balkans that included Catholics, Reformed and Lutheran Protestants, Radicals, Orthodox and Muslims form the basis for this continued research.


The Formation of Territorial Churches in the Habsburg/Ottoman Borderlands: Primus Truber, Hans Ungnad, and Peter Paul Vergerio, 1550-1565

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